The 5th Annual MMA Freak Awards are finally compiled in continued collaboration with fanboynation.

The Following nine categories are listed below.

Top 10 Upsets of 2016

Honorable Mentions

Eric Shelton upsets Yori Sherbatov via rear naked choke technical submission on The Ultimate Fighter 24

Top 10 Upsets of 2016

10) Valentina Shevchenko upsets Holly Holm via uanimous decision at UFC on Fox: Holm vs. Shevchenko

9) Cortney Casey upsets Randa Markos via verbal submission by an ambar at UFC 202: Diaz vs. McGregor 2

8) Michael Bisping’s upset over Luke Rockhold by a knockout victory at UFC 199: Rockhold vs. Bisping 2

7) Stipe Miocic’s upset over Fabricio Werdum by a knockout victory at UFC 198: Werdum vs. Miocic

6) Stephen Thompson upsets Johny Hendricks by TKO victory at UFC Fight Night: Hendricks vs. Thompson

5) Edson Barboza’s upset over Anthony Pettis by unanimous decision victory at UFC 197: Jones vs. Saint Preux

4) Raquel Pennington’s upset over Miesha Tate by unanimous decision at UFC 205: Alvarez vs. McGregor

3) Michael Chandler’s upset over Patricky Freire by knockout victory at Bellator 157: Dynamite 2

2) Miesha Tate upsets Holly Holm by technical submission via rear naked choke at UFC 196: McGregor vs. Diaz

1) Cody Garbrandt’s upset over Dominick Cruz by unanimous decision at UFC 207: Nunes vs. Rousey

Top 10 Articles of 2016

10) MMA Freak Hall of Fame: Class of 2016  – Matthew Salzer

9) Conor McGregor loses a MMA fight – deal, or no big deal? – Tom Heffernan

8) Conor McGregor retires from MMA: Here are 5 theories why this might have happened – Tom Heffernan

7) Left out in the cold or what helped Holm and McGregor get gold – Edson Valenzuela

6) Relive 15 of the best Conor McGregor quotes – Tom Heffernan

5) UFC205: The greatest of all time – Tom Heffernan

4) Dana White: Looking for a Fight – Pilot (review) – Matthew Salzer

3) Believe Conor McGregor When He Says Floyd Mayweather Jr’s Next – Gabe Keith

2) Obituary: “The Greatest” Boxing Legend Muhammad Ali Passes Away – John Salzer

1) Fighting For Change – Chris Fetter

Top 10 Breakout Fighters of 2016 (new category this year)

10) Alexa Grasso

9) Jared Connonier

8) Misha Cirkunov

7) Alex Garcia

6) Marvin Vettori

5) Angela Hill

4) Valentina Shevchenko

3) Mickie Gall

2) Tatiana Padilla Suarez – *Female Breakout Fighter of the 2016

1) Doo Ho Choi

*Please note that this is an edit made on February 19, 2020 by retroactively apply the rule giving the runner up of the different sex the breakout fighter award of their sex and as a result Tatiana Padilla has been retroactively named the MMA Freak Female Breakout Fighter of the 2016.

Top 10 Best Fighters of 2016

10) Urijah Faber

9) Dan Henderson

8) Michael Page

7) Stephen Thompson

6) Demetrious Johnson

5) Conor McGregor

4) Tyron Woodley

3) Stipe Miocic

2) Michael Bisping

1) Cody Garbrandt

Top 10 Women Fighters of 2016

10) Miesha Tate

9) Justine Kish

8) Ilema-Lei MacFarlane

7) Tonya Evinger

6) Jennifer Maia

5) Angela Hill

4) Ayaka Hamasaki

3) Cristiane Justino

2) Joanna Jedrzejczyk

1) Amanda Nunes

Top 10 Moments of 2016

10) Conor McGregor becomes the first fighter in the UFC to simultaneously hold titles in two weight classes

9) The last rides of Dan Henderson, Urijah Faber and Miesha Tate

8) Joe Silva and Mike Goldberg depart the UFC

7) Ronda Rousey returns

6) Weight cutting regulations are introduced

5) Tonya Evinger kisses Laura Sanko at Invicta FC 17

4) UFC 199 PR nightmare

3) The deaths of Muhammad Ali, Kimbo Slice, Kevin Randleman and Josh Sammon

2) UFC finally makes it to New York

1) UFC sells for $4.2 billion

Top 10 Submissions of 2016

10) Tatiana Suarez submits JJ Aldrich – The Ultimate Fighter 23

9) Sara McMann submits Alexis Davis – The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale

8) Mickey Gall submits CM Punk – UFC 203

7) Anthony Pettis submits Charles Oliveira – UFC on Fox 21

6) Tatiana Suarez submits Amanda Cooper – The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale

5) Ben Rothwell submits Josh Barnett – UFC on Fox 19

4) Misha Cirkunov submits Alex Nicholson – UFC Fight Night 82

3) Miesha Tate submits Holly Holm – UFC 196

2) Tim Elliot submits Matt Schnell – The Ultimate Fighter 24

1) Tim Elliot submits Charlie Alaniz – The Ultimate Fighter 24

Top 10 Knockouts of 2016

10) Donald Cerrone knocksout Matt Brown – UFC 206

9) Anthony Johnson knocksout Glover Teixeira – UFC 202

8) Mark Hunt knocksout Frank Mir – UFC Fight Night 82

7) Yair Rodriguez knocksout Andre Fili – UFC 197

6) Marlon Moraes technically knocksout Joseph Barajas – WSOF 28

5) Charmaine Tweet technically knocksout Latoya Walker – Invicta FC 17

4) Dan Henderson technically knocksout Hector Lombard – UFC 199

3) Stipe Miocic knocksout Fabricio Werdum – UFC 198

2) Yoel Romero knocksout Chris Weidman – UFC 205

1) Michael Page knocksout Evangelista Santos – Bellator 158

Top 10 Fights of 2016

10) Jim Miller decisions Joe Lauzon – UFC on Fox 21

9) Joanna Jedrzejczyk decisions Claudia Gadleha – The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale

8) Michael Bisping decisions Dan Henderson – UFC 204

7) Tyron Woodley draws with Stephen Thompson – UFC 205

6) Bethe Correia decisions Jessica Eye – UFC 203

5) Angela Hill decisions Livia Renata Souza – Invicta FC 17

4) Nate Diaz submits Conor McGregor – UFC 196

3) Conor McGregor decisions Nate Diaz – UFC 202

2) Robbie Lawler decisions Carlos Condit – UFC 195

1) Cub Swanson decisions Doo Ho Choi – UFC 206

Congrats to all the awards winners.

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